'Antarctica is the perfect place to study space'

'There's a lot of similarities between Antarctica and space flight', doctor Beth Healey reveals more about space research in Antarctica

Beth Healey spent a year at the Concordia research centre

Monday, September 19, 2016

Similarities between Antarctica and space mean it is an ideal location to study space environments, according to a medical doctor for the European Space Agency. 

Concordia is a French-Italian inland Antarctic research station. Researchers use it to study the adaption of human psychology and physiology in space-like conditions.

Medical doctor Beth Healey, from the European Space Agency, spent a year at Concordia and explained why Antarctica is a good location for this kind of study. 

"There's a lot of similarities between Antarctica and space flight in particular, for nine months during the winter period you're completely isolated as crew much as you would be on a long-duration mission" Healey said.

"Also because the temperatures outside are really cold that means you're really confined as a crew as well, so you'll spend a lot of your time indoors in the base and you also have 100 days when you don't see the sunlight at all.

"What I wasn't expecting was how cold it was outside, walking outside if you take a cup of tea and throw it up into the air it freezes," she added. "I knew it was going to be cold, but I didn't realise it was going to be that kind of cold."

Listen to the full interview to find out more